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How should I remove the texture from the ceiling *without* tearing it out?

We want to get rid of the texture on our ceiling. It's a very ugly stipple effect. However, there's a foot and a half of insulation over this ceiling. Knocking it down to install new drywall is ...
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How do I remove paint from a wood floor?

I have a coat of non-transparent paint (not sure what type, it was painted about 20 years ago) on my floor. I'd like to see the wood grain. So I am trying to figure out a simple DIY way to remove the ...
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How to remove silicone caulk from a shower wall?

I took down a shampoo dispenser and now I have several big blobs of moldy silicone caulk on the shower wall. I bought a plastic razor scraper and a bottle of Goo Gone Caulk Remover, which gets high ...
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What is the easiest way to replace an existing backsplash?

I've got an unusual backsplash in my kitchen that I would like to replace. As you can see from the picture, there's about 6" of granite tile acting as a proper backsplash, but above that it appears ...
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Trouble removing vinyl tile and underlayment from wood flooring

I'm in the middle of remodeling my half bathroom and have run into a sticky situation with the existing flooring. My goal is to remove it and refinish the flooring beneath, much like has been done for ...
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How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head?

Most of the taps in my new house are fitted with so-called "anti-vandal" screws in the tap heads, as shown in the image. These screw into the tap head to tighten them onto the stem. I can't remove ...
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How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?

I need to replace a wooden fence post that was set into concrete. The post has snapped through rot at the base and the rot has set in so far that the post snapped about 2 inches beneath the surface. ...
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How do I remove vinyl underlayment?

In the process of replacing our carpets with laminate flooring, I originally elected to retain a 6' x 6' patch of vinyl at the front door. Living in Minnesota and hosting visitors even during our ...
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Replacing recessed lights with pendant lights

I bought "conversion kits" which supposedly do the job in 5 minutes, but the I discovered that the kit is designed for the current type of can, and is not suitable for the ones that are up there (22 ...
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How do I remove and reinstall baseboards (Skirting Board) without damaging them?

I need to temporarily remove the baseboards in a couple rooms. I am interested in some suggestions for removing the baseboards without damaging them so they can later be reinstalled. Suggestions may ...
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How do I change light bulb in flush mounted fixture?

I just moved into a new house and don't know how to change this flush mounted light: I've tried removing the piece at the bottom and that didn't drop the light as I would have expected. The other ...
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options for new floor over concrete slab

I am in the middle of a basement renovation, roughly 1000 sq feet. The existing floor is some sort of vinyl sheet material over concrete slab. There is an existing floor drain in the current washing ...
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How to remove old vinyl tiles?

I have a layer of old, crumbly and very sticky vinyl tiles that I need to remove to bring the old tile back (see picture). What is the best way of removing these? Bonus question: How do I get the ...
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How to remove floor adhesive from concrete?

The problem is aggravated by the presence of underlayment. When engineered hadrwood flooring was removed, some underlayment was removed with it, and some stayed glued to the floor. What is the best ...
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How do I know if there is wallpaper under the paint?

I believe my bathroom has wallpaper that was painted over by the previous owners. There is a small section of wallpaper that was never painted over, so I know it was at least installed on one wall. ...
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How can I remove a really stuck screw?

I often come across screws that just won't budge with a manual screwdriver or even a driver bit in a drill. They are of different screw types and heads in a variety of different materials. What are ...
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Is this wall load bearing?

i recently bought a very old house and wanted to start renovating asap. I want to take out this wall but i am unsure if its load bearing.
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How to remove closet shelf clips and brackets without damaging the wall?

The previous owner of my new house installed ClosetMaid shelves in the closet. I removed the shelves, but had a really hard time with those clips and brackets (pictures attached). Seem like they were ...
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How do I remove a flush mounted ceiling light fixture dome?

My bedroom has a very nice looking flush mounted ceiling light with a glass dome. However, all the bulbs have gone out and I cannot get the glass out to replace them. I'm 5'4" and standing on the ...
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Recommendations for Removing Vinyl Wallpaper

I'm planning to remove old (around 30 years) vinyl wallpaper from a room in preparation for painting. I understand removing this type of paper can be difficult. Does anyone have experience with a ...
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How do I remove plastic shelving molly clips?

I have some closet shelving clips I need to remove to paint a wall. The problem is that they are molly bolts. These are the exact clips/mollys. The question is similar to this one, but in my ...
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how to remove a tiny screw that won't spin? [closed]

A friend asked me to have at a look at his 'broken' laptop and here's a picture of one of the screws. Click for larger view I've been trying to remove it for about 15 minutes. It's in a 'hole' of ...
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How do I remove this shower sliding door?

I'm trying to remove the sliding doors of my shower to clean up the rails and also replace a broken "holder" (sorry I don't know the exact name of that part). Do you have an idea how to remove a ...
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How can I safely remove and replace a wall?

The Wall: This is about 25' long, and it separates my kitchen from my living room/Dining room. Underneath it, we have a double 2x8 floor joist, which is supported midway on an 8 inch steel I-beam. ...
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How can I cut up and remove a metal kerosene storage tank that is in a cellar?

This question has already been asked, but in the previously asked question the tank was plastic and was sited outside. This one is metal and in a cellar its 6 ft. by 4 ft. by 4 ft. The kerosene/air ...
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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete?

We removed a wooden dance floor that was glued to concrete with liquid nails. How do I remove the liquid nails that is all over the concrete floor? Has anyone had success with heat, mineral spirits ...
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Remove plastic film from the outside of a metal door?

I forgot to remove the plastic protective film from the outside of a metal door. The door is white prime/painted. I was able to remove the film from the inside of the door, but the outside is baked on ...
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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

I have wood screws whose heads are stripped from trying to remove them with a drill. The drill (or screwdrivers) can't grip the heads anymore. What can i use to remove these screws easily?
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What should I expect when removing a chimney?

Our brick chimney is leaning away from our house. The breast is in the living room, pretty much flush with the wall. The backside starts in the attached garage, goes through its roof and up past the ...
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How can I remove vinyl base without damaging the drywall?

My house has vinyl base material attached to the walls in the laundry room and bathrooms. This material is glued directly to the drywall. It is presently unclear if the glue was a pre-applied layer on ...
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How do I move a slab of concrete?

I want to build a fence in my backyard by my garbage stand is sitting on a concrete slab and that slab is in the way of where I want to put the fence so I want to move it over a few feet. The slab of ...
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How can I remove flaking (likely lead based) paint from very rough, exterior stucco?

Here's a similar type of stucco to what I have: Mine is light yellow but similarly rough-seas wavy like this picture. Mine is also now looking pretty dingy and I would like to repaint. Upon closer ...
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How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?

Found this in my sunroom this morning: It's hard to see (I didn't want too get too close) but the bees are really strange looking - very long almost like 2 bees connected in a row. I know there's ...
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How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Sink Strainer

I have a two basin stainless steel kitchen sink. Whoever installed it did not use or properly apply plumbers putty and both sides leak. I went to replace it with a new strainer but can not get the old ...
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What is the best way to strip woodchip wallpaper?

I spent a large proportion of a (glorious) Sunday stripping a relatively small area of woodchip wallpaper from my spare room in an ongoing war to banish the stuff from my house. I have a good steamer ...
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How do I remove glued-on carpet?

I'm trying to remove carpet from a small closet in our bathroom (at most 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft). I started to remove it and it looks to have been glued around the perimeter. What's the easiest way to ...
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How do I remove mineral stains from tiles?

The water in our apartment has higher salt levels, which ultimately makes stains on tile. I tried to remove them with various bleaching agents, but with no effect. Can anyone help?
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How do I get these toilet shut off valve out?

As title says I am trying to figure out how to remove the old shut off valve from the pipe. I've been watching lot of videos, reading up on articles and all seem to deal with compression fit type but ...
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How do I remove this dimmer light switch cover so I can paint the wall?

I have a dimmer similar to this one. There are no screws visible from the front. Looking at it from the side there appears to be two face plates stacked on top of each other. I can fit my ...
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How can I remove paint smears on my vinyl siding?

I have some paint (latex, exterior) smears on my vinyl siding. It's set in the tiny cracks and is thoroughly cooked by the sun. I want to remove that. I was recommended methyl hydrate, which gave me ...
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How can I remove a stuck screw that will still turn?

I put a too short screw into the screw hole. I thought this would sort things out. It didn't. Now I cannot get the screw out even though it will turn quite freely with a Phillips screwdriver. Any ...
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What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?

I want to replace some old metal windows in my house but I'm confused on how they're attached/installed. I'm more accustomed to vinyl windows that have "fins" extending out the edges with trim. These ...
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How to remove radiator pipe and value?

We just had central air installed and the contractor removed the radiators. However, the pipe and valves are left over sticking out of the floor upstairs. I tried using a plumber's wrench to at ...
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How should I remove carpet in preparation for sanding and polishing floorboards?

I have a bedroom I want to convert into a nursery. The room's mostly carpeted, with a small section missing where a wardrobe was built in. From what I can see, it's just carpet over floorboards, no ...
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Can these scrapers be used to remove paint from millwork?

I was looking for some feedback on Allway and Bahco contour scrapers I came across on Amazon. I have some original millwork (100 yrs +) that I will first apply Peel Away 1 to it and then use one of ...
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How can I remove the tile from this wall?

Doing a tile removal on our master tub/shower. I'm pretty sure the tile is original to the house, which is 34 years old (1978). It's a 4 1/4 inch tile, that has been backed by dry wall. When I was ...
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How to address mold/moss on newer roof?

I have an old house with a new(er) installed roof shingle that's about 5 years old. In removing leaves from the gutter today, I noticed green moss? mold? around some of the areas close to the house. A ...
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How can I remove large nails from cement?

I am redoing the flooring in my basement and removed a built-in toy chest. I disassembled the chest and the floor 2x4's are attached to the cement with large nails. If I had to guess on gauge I'd say ...
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How can I remove styrofoam bits from my equipment?

Is there a way to remove Styrofoam bits from my equipment efficiently?
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Removing SuperGlue in-place [closed]

My girlfriend bought a cheap-but-chic watch (a Peugeot 705) that she likes a lot. Unfortunately, the crystal wasn't glued in place very well, and she suddenly noticed that the hands and face were ...